Sip & Gogh Century City Mall: Let’s Paint, Sip, Laugh!
The Sip & Gogh Century City Mall grand opening event in Makati was such a delightful experience for me and my son. We painted, we sipped, and we laughed the whole afternoon until evening and then after that, we took home our very own painting masterpieces.
Sip and Gogh is the first and only paint and sip studio here in PH. As the name suggests, it is a cozy place wherein you can channel your inner Van Gogh while sipping your favorite drink.
In the history of Western art, Vincent Van Gogh is famous for his oil paintings showcasing his expressive brushwork technique. He’s one of the few artists that I know (yes, thank you my alma maters) especially when we had Art Appreciation classes in college. Van Gogh’s popular paintings include The Starry Night, Irises, Cafe Terrace at Night, and Wheatfield with Crows.
I think it’s the perfect place to de-stress and regain your focus in life, but the studio can also be enjoyed with friends and family. Moreover, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an aspiring artist or you’ve never held a paintbrush before — Sip & Gogh Century City Mall will help you with “uncorking your creativity.”
The Grand Opening
The Sip & Gogh grand opening in Century City Mall holds a wonderful backstory that I think all parents can relate to. One of the owner’s child/daughter couldn’t focus on anything, even for a minute. The child was taken to a Sip & Gogh studio and she painted there for hours. The owner couldn’t believe that her daughter was sitting in a chair quietly and getting absorbed in the activity, so that’s when the owner decided to put up her own Sip & Gogh studio.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, toasting, and welcome messages, we all filled our tummies with delicious snacks from the buffet. That time I was able to snap a few photos and mingle with a fellow mommy blogger, Mommy May of merrymommymay.com. 🙂
Finally, the most exciting part came — the painting session. Sir Jerome was our art instructor and he demonstrated a step-by-step guide on how to paint Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. The sample painting was already a simplified version, made easy for beginners.
Sip & Gogh provided everything that we need (painting tools and materials) — canvas, paints, brushes, palette, easel, and apron. A blank canvas was intimidating, especially when you haven’t painted for years. I was still a teen when I last painted on a canvas so I got really nervous at the start of our session. Good thing I had a bottle of red wine with me. 🙂
The painting proper started with a sketch, followed by filling the background [section by section] with acrylic paint and ended by putting on the finishing touches and working with small details.
Although my son isn’t as artistic as other kids and he’s quite unconfident when he’s asked to draw or doodle, I admire him for being fearless when it comes to new facing new experiences. One time he even cried when I asked him to draw on his book to finish his homework. I was thinking that I would be having a hard time convincing him to paint, but he surprised me when he showed excitement and was happy all throughout the session. 🙂
My artwork (Left) and my son’s masterpiece (Right). My son’s painting is a beautiful disarray, and I liked it better than mine.
Painting was one of my past times before. It was more of an emotional release for me whenever I painted. Somewhere along the way, I lost my painting mojo as I give time to more important tasks — work, blogging, and parenting. I want to start painting again, for art’s sake because it’s reason enough to pursue it.
Sip & Gogh Prices & Session Schedules
Published rates are PhP 1,200 per person (with alcoholic drink and platter of salami and cheese), PhP 1,000 per person (with non-alcoholic drink and platter of salami and cheese), and PhP 900 (without food and drink). They also have group rates and party packages for date nights, girls’ night outs, family bondings and reunions, birthday parties, corporate events & team building, bachelorette parties, bridal and baby showers, anniversary parties, fundraising events, and more.
You may register through the Calendar page of their website www.sipandgogh.com or go straight to their Century City Mall branch. Walk-in guests will be accommodated if there are available slots for a session. Be there at the studio 30 minutes before the start of the session to check and register. If no slots are available, you have to ask whether the next sessions have available slots.
Session schedules: 11 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM, and 8 PM
Thank you so much Sip & Gogh Century City Mall for inviting us and making us part of such a wonderful beginning. 🙂
Visit Sip & Gogh in Century City Mall and take home a masterpiece after every session. They have ongoing discounts until August 31, 2017.